September 28, 2005

Linda Ruiz

Girl Power!!

So, all you naysayers who have been complaining that TAR8: FAMILY EDITION was going to be lame - I hope you all shut your negative-nancy pie holes now, because last night's premiere was pretty darn good! We saw lots of interesting teams, family drama (which is at least as fun as couple drama), and lots of stroking and squealing. Sure, the challenges were pretty easy (I think the toughest one involved rowing a boat with a fake George Washington), and their first adventure only took them a few hundred miles around the northeastern U.S., but I'll assume that things will get tougher as we go along, and that the teams will travel to more exotic locations than New York and Pennsylvania. (Note to Weaver mom: Yes, Pennsylvania is a state. I'll really be worried about this woman if they send her to Mumbai.)

Side note: Did anyone notice who the "frank" vendors were in New York City? Why it was the loveable duo of Kevin and Drew, the fourth place finishers from season one! I loved those guys, too bad nobody seemed to recognize them. I guess I can't blame the little kids - Carissa was probably still burping up applesauce when season one aired. Perhaps on one of the legs, the teams will venture out to Palmdale, California and will bowl a game against Karen and me! I hope they'd at least recognize us for goodness sake.

Anywho, I'll be the first to admit that Karen was right on the money with her pick of the Godlewski girls! Go ladies!! These four blond beauties mopped the floor with the competition, all the while looking magnificent in pink. And the Weaver mom recovered from a near-fatal buggy accident (I'm not one to spread conspiracy theories, but I heard that some Amish were pissed that she didn't know what Pennsylvania was and cut the brakes) to place third with her daughters and son, just barely edged out by those feisty Gaghans.

My pick to win (the Linz family) finished a pathetic ninth. And sadly, the sweet African-American family, the most coordinated of all with matching tie-dyed t-shirts, was eliminated. All Mr. and Mrs. African-American wanted was to travel somewhere outside of the east coast, and the farthest they got was some park called Pennsylvania.

All in all, I thought it was a solid episode, and loads of fun was had at the Heins-Ruiz premiere party (though the scrambled ostrich eggs aren't agreeing with me so much today, and perhaps Karen had a few too many apple martinis because she was blabbering all night about how gorgeous Phil looked in purple stripes). What did all of you think? Will the Godlewski girls maintain their lead? Is Carissa Gaghan really that tough or is it all a front? Will Mrs. Paolo continue to waste time doing stupid things like turning on the air conditioner in the car? Will the Linz boys get together with the Bransen gals and make beautiful blond babies? Is anyone actually reading this??

Posted by Linda Ruiz in Recap corner on September 28, 2005 11:13 AM


I was sad to see the Black Family go so soon. And is is just me or is the Guido Family the Jonathan and Victoria of this season? I hope to see them get kicked to the curb pretty darn quick here, some time shortly after Mother Guido slaps the shit out of those two smart mouth boys. How dare they disrespect their mother like that. And how dare the ball-less father allow it. Shameful.

Posted by: Gail Pink at September 28, 2005 3:22 PM

Gail: it isn't just you. I actually wondered if the Guidos were 'playing a role' like Jonathon claimed he was doing.

Linda & Karen: Great to 'see' you again. Keep up the commentary. You write very well and it is great to get an insider's viewpoint. Thanks for sharing with us.

Posted by: Kathryn in Canada at September 28, 2005 5:56 PM

Well well well, Linda and Karen, great to see you guys haven't totally disappeared off the Amazing Race map. views on the first episode:

The Paolo family has got to go. I was praying that they'd flip the boat and drown.

I give credit to the Godlewski sisters for coming in first. Definitly a well deserved win.

The Linz family are by far my favorite team. Not only are they young and athletic, but they're funny as heck. I like the orange shirts too. Bit of a shocker that they only managed 9th.

Posted by: Andrew at October 2, 2005 10:20 AM

rolly is soo hot!!

Posted by: monica at January 4, 2007 8:16 PM